POSITION SUMMARY: The primary purpose of the Cook position in the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Birth to Five Program is to prepare and serve food in accordance with the USDA CACFP regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, and state/local regulations and guidelines. The Cook performs all job responsibilities in a safe manner and prepares meals and snacks for children, volunteers and adults eating at the site. The cook occasionally provides food for special meetings and events, assists in developing menus, and recruits parent volunteers to help in the kitchen.
High school diploma or Equivalency Degree (GED)
Experience as a cook for groups of children or adults.
Knowledge of basic math.
Experience in maintaining records including the ability to maintain records on a computer system or willing to learn.
Working knowledge of basic nutrition, food storage techniques, proper sanitation techniques and food preparation skills.
Ability to lift in excess of 25 lbs.
Valid Driver’s License and access to a privately owned vehicle with liability insurance for use in completing work responsibilities as needed.
Must have or be willing to obtain a Pediatric CPR and First Aid certifications.
Must have Food Handlers Permit within 30 days from date of hire.
Must acquire and maintain appropriate childcare licensing.
Working knowledge of modern office communication systems: E-mail, voice mail, Microsoft Office, and the ability to operate various office equipment: Computers, fax, photocopy, etc.
Good verbal and written communications skills.
Ability to communicate effectively in English in both oral and written form. The primary language in the workplace is English. Bi-lingual skills are an asset.
Physical and TB screening upon conditional offer to hire.
Ensure safety is a priority in performing all job responsibilities. Ensure adherence to the policy and procedures.
Provide nutritionally well-balanced meals and snacks for children and at parent activities when requested.
Clean and sanitize food preparation area daily.
Prepare daily mealtime setups.
Work together with teachers to provide monthly nutrition experiences for the children.
Maintain and complete required documentation and records.
Attend menu-planning meetings and training.
Maintain current valid driver’s license and liability insurance at all times on personal vehicle.
Obtain and keep current Pediatric CPR and First Aid certifications.
Obtain and keep current Food Handlers Permit.
Recruit and train kitchen volunteers.
Become familiar with performance standards, USDA/CACFP guidelines and work plans.
Be sensitive to the needs of Head Start families.
Provide customer service in reception, greet and direct visitors at the site.
Follow step-by-step activities as outlined in content area plans and policies and procedures.
Perform other relevant responsibilities as required by the program.
Participate in professional development, sometimes off-site, at the request and support of supervisor.
Must be responsible, and able to handle confidential material, organize effectively, and work independently.
Frequent repetitive motion with hands in food preparation activities.
Basic computer literacy (Internet and e-mail required)
High level of accuracy and attention to details.
Ability to work independently, making decisions that insure efficient operation of kitchen.
Continuous standing in kitchen area.
Regularly kneeling, stooping, bending and twisting.
Frequent lifting in excess of 25 lbs.
Perform proper sanitation and food storage techniques.
Occasional driving to complete food and food supply purchases.
Regular crouching to retrieve items from lower shelves.
Regular reaching to retrieve utensils and food items from storage shelves and cupboards.
Frequent decisions to assure compliance with performance standards.
EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONAL UPON RESULTS OF THE FOLLOWING:
Criminal History Clearance.
Successful Drug and Alcohol Screening.
Successful Physical Capacities Examination and TB screening results.
Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership is an EEO Employer